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Construction site

Galliford Try moves into top 10 contractors

25 Jul 14

Building’s annual Top 150 contractors and housebuilders league sees the firm move up to eighth

EDF's Hinkley Point C

EDF seeks five consultants for £16bn Hinkley nuclear job

25 Jul 14

Exclusive: Energy firm seeks consultants as it prepares for project to enter delivery phase

Sizewell B

Contractor makes £200m claim after failed nuclear bid

25 Jul 14

Energy Solutions files for damages after losing £7bn decommissioning job to Babcock-led consortium

manchester skyline

F+G pays out £3.3m in Manchester tower battle

25 Jul 14

Firm pays out to settle a £9.9m High Court dispute over alleged failings on an abandoned tower project in Manchester

Construction appointments: 25 July 2014

25 Jul 14

McLaren Construction, Lovell and JH Shouksmith and Sons are among the firms announcing appointments this week

Data

Barbour ABI market report map July 2014

A sunny outlook

24 Jul 14

Despite a slight blip in contract activity in June, construction looks stonger compared with last summer. Michael Dall presents highlights of Barbour ABI’s latest monthly Economic & Construction Market Review, with a special focus on the residential sector which is largely responsible for driving growth

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Lead times: April-June 2014

22 Jul 14

While only a handful of trades showed lengthening lead times, the majority of the sector is anticipating increasing demand within the next six months. Brian Moone of Mace Business School reports

More data

Features

Top 150 v2

Top 150 contractors and housebuilders 2014

25 Jul 14

Building’s annual list of the UK’s biggest performers in the construction sector shows that housebuilders have enjoyed the past 12 months most. But many predict the tides are ready to turn for contractors, as Joey Gardiner reports

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Making waves: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

23 Jul 14

Moving-floor technology may seem the stuff of fictional super-villain lairs, but the leading hydrodynamics laboratory at Plymouth University has employed the technology to support one of the largest energy wave test sites in the world

Hansom

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Hansom: All change

25 Jul 14

With Gove gone, architects sniff better days ahead, the revolving door of planning ministers takes another turn, a former Kier boss makes a speedy, if unadventurous, comeback, and JCB digs 18 more holes

Inbox: Letters

Competition fails in our industry

25 Jul 14

Competition in the construction industry is a dysfunctional travesty of the real thing

Project news

Royal Docks

Massive east London schemes take step forward

25 Jul 14

Silvertown Quays development submitted for planning while Royal Docks scheme is given the green light

Bishopsgate Goodsyard

Bishopsgate Goodyard scheme submitted for planning

25 Jul 14

Plans to redevelop east London’s Bishopsgate Goods Yard site have now been submitted for planning permission

Baca's losing proposal

Team picked for Royal Docks floating village

23 Jul 14

Architect DRMM with developer Carillion Igloo Genesis and engineer Buro Happold propose Dutch-inspired custom-build community

Golders Green Synagogue

Styles & Wood completes Golders Green synagogue refurb

22 Jul 14

Fit-out contractor completes rennovation of historic London building

Wood Wharf - Allies Morrison master plan

Go ahead for Canary Wharf's massive Wood Wharf scheme

22 Jul 14

Tower Hamlets gives outline permission to 30 new buildings in London’s Docklands, including over 3,000 homes

Swansea Tidal Lagoon

Concerns over £850m Swansea tidal project

22 Jul 14

Experts raise concerns over environmental credentials of the £850m Swansea Tidal Lagoon green energy project

Sketch of the week

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Sketch of the week: Skinners Kent academy

25 Jul 14

This concept sketch of Skinners Kent Academy was a collaboration between Matt Golds and Dan Smith of Hunters South Architects.

Leader

Sarah Richardson

It's a shambles now but will it get even worse?

25 Jul 14

Learning from the launch of the Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework

Comment

Allister Hayman

A black day for the industry

25 Jul 14 | By Allister Hayman

There was more hand-wringing embarassment for the industry this week as construction bosses gave evidence on blacklisting to MPs

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Sketch of the week: Skinners Kent academy

25 Jul 14

This concept sketch of Skinners Kent Academy was a collaboration between Matt Golds and Dan Smith of Hunters South Architects.

Noble Francis

Stronger evidence of revival

24 Jul 14 | By Noble Francis

June’s contract awards data shows an increase and indicates that the recovery is sustainable, at least in the medium term

Michael Dall

The pace of growth

24 Jul 14 | By Michael Dall

This month’s figures show slight falls in commercial retail and infrastructure despite a generally positive sentiment in the industry, so what’s going on?

Chris Tinker

How does your garden grow?

23 Jul 14 | By Chris Tinker

Garden cities hold out the attractive prospect of helping meet the demand for new housing, but political, financial and planning obstacles could nip them in the bud

Stephen Gee

Get in early

22 Jul 14 | By Stephen Gee

The number of women in construction is still woefuly low. We need to engage with schools so that children have a better idea of what construction can offer

Products

Linoleum flooring Gerflor

What to specify: Flooring

21 Jul 14

This week’s flooring products cover everything from a range of decorative designs with safe features to thermally-efficient foundations for a student Passivhaus project

From the archive

Safety poem

This week in 1978

25 Jul 14

In 1978, Building ran an article on a poem named The Building Site

Legal

Simon Lewis

Playing by the rules

25 Jul 14 | By Simon Lewis

The ‘Plebgate’ affair may not have been very edifying but it did give the courts the opportunity to issue guidelines on Civil Procedure Rule 3.9 - on granting relief from court sanctions

Tony Bingham

Books for the beach

25 Jul 14 | By Tony Bingham

It’s summer and you’ll be wanting to pack some reading matter for the hols. Well, Construction Contract Variations will have you on the edge of your lilo

Gary Sinden

Adjudication and administration: Show us the money

21 Jul 14 | By Gary Sinden

You can win an adjudication but still lose out if the client goes bust before you get payment of your award. But there are steps you can take to mitigate the risk

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